"Once in a while...Right in the middle of an ordinary life...Love comes along and brings you a fairytale." From the proposal to the planning, ceremony to reception, Jennifer and Rob's Memphis, Tennessee wedding on April 27, 2013 was a fairytale, full of romantic and personal moments. Jennifer was completely surprised when Rob got down on one knee during a dinner celebrating her new job. The couple was surrounded by their friends and family as she said "yes!" and it was only natural that they said "I Do" in the same fashion.
Elegant romance was the vision, which Jennifer put together with help from her mother, her planner, and Pinterest. Blush, ivory, champagne, and a hint of pink created a dreamlike feel ideal for the evening celebration. And when the day finally came, Jennifer and Rob danced, ate and celebrated with the people they love most—especially one another.
For her 30th birthday, Rob took Jennifer to New York City and surprised her with a personal shopper for the day. She headed to Vera Wang, where she fell in love with a sleek strapless design with an intricate tulle skirt—a far cry from the embellished gown she'd pictured herself in.
Two lace garters, complete with pearl and crystal details, gave Jennifer's bridal ensemble a hidden touch of shine.
As Rob concluded his toast congratulating Jennifer on her new job, he looked at her and said "...and I want to take care of her for the rest of my life" and got down on one knee.
Crystal-embellished pumps shimmered beneath Jennifer's simple, elegant wedding gown.
For the formal church ceremony and elegant evening reception, Rob skipped the rental shop and purchased a suave custom tuxedo.
The silk ribbon on Jennifer's bouquet was fixed with a pearl brooch that belongs to her 100-year-old grandmother, as well as a tie bar from her late grandfather. Her grandmother wasn't able to attend, but the ceremony was streamed on Skype so that she could still be a part of the day.
White hydrangeas and peonies and blush garden roses matched the soft color scheme, while pink peonies added a pop of playful color.
The bridesmaids' bouquets featured blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.
Jennifer's ten bridesmaids chose between strapless or one-shoulder chiffon gowns in blush. The simple shape flattered the clean, elegant design of Jennifer's gown.
The groomsmen wore tuxedos with bow ties, while Rob and the ring bearer wore straight ties for a slightly different look.
The couple's niece and goddaughter served as flower girls, while the bride's cousin's son was the ring bearer. The three were "so excited," performing beautifully even with such a long aisle in the church.
The fit-and-flare design of Jennifer's wedding dress beautifully flattered her curves. Waves of tulle on the skirt added visual interest and unique texture.
The ceremony took place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, but had both a Catholic priest and Methodist pastor perform the ceremony instead of having a full Catholic mass.
The church's ornate décor perfectly fit Jennifer and Rob's vision for a romantic fairytale wedding day.
Soft pink tulips and silver votive candles topped the tables, casting a warm glow over the room.
Tall silver candelabras, topped with tulips and peonies, were draped with crystals.
The wedding party's table was decorated with tall vases featuring submerged tulips and floating candles. Instead of favors, the couple offered their guests mint green cake pops and made a donation to the Humane Society in honor of their guests.
The ceiling was draped with soft tan fabric to create a romantic, intimate feel. Iron chandeliers covered in greenery were hung from the ceiling.
Each tier of Rob and Jennifer's wedding cake featured a different flavor, including raspberry, chocolate and strawberry. A delicate ivory lace pattern was piped on blush fondant, and the cake was topped with fresh pink peonies.
Guests were invited to leave notes and advice for the couple in an antique trunk.
The bride and groom left the ceremony in a shower of sparklers. Jennifer's advice for brides? "Just remember that, no matter what happens, this day is about you two. Make it special and don't worry about what everyone else thinks!"
Ceremony Venue: St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN || Reception Venue: National Ornamental Metal Museum || Planner: Amy Miller Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair: Tanzi Rene || Makeup: Seven Moore || Veil: Romona Keveza || Garter: Bridal By Vanessa || Shoes: Benjamin Adams || Jewelry: Attic of Treasures 2007 || Wedding Bands: Doron Jewelers, Cartier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Tuxedo: Oak Hall || Invitations & Paper Goods: RSVP Stationers || Florist: Holliday Flowers || Catering and Cake: Ms. Muff'n || Ceremony Music: Jane Smedley and Mary Jo Hoffsommer || Reception Music: Barley Legal, Dingo Entertainment || Favors: Patti Cakes || Transportation: Tennessee Limousine Service || Photographer: Erica Beckman of Clean Plate Pictures